Today something totally unexpected happen…that’s right I set a new 1/2 marathon PR. I honestly was shocked while I was running and realized that I was going to PR. Especially since I hadn’t trained. But let me back up.
Last night Josh and went down to our friend Russell’s house. Russell, Josh and our friend Jason and I enjoyed some of my delicious homemade spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. Mmmm. Totally hit the spot. I went to bed early like a good runner while the boys stayed up. Unfortunately for me I was a light sleeper because when Josh came to bed it woke me up and I was unable to fall back to sleep for any significant amount of time.
I rolled out of bed about 4:30 am, did my normal morning routine and jumped in the car to head to the race. Once I got downtown I made my way to Civic Center Park. I am glad that I had done this race before because there was zero signage telling people where to go. I was really surprised since the Rock N’ Roll races are usually better organized. I held onto my warm clothes as long as possible before heading to the corral.
By about five after 7 am I was on my way across the finish line. I was feeling good, not worrying about my pace when my first walk break alarm went off. I thought about ignoring it but decided hey, this is my plan and I should stick to it. When we hit the only really steep hill around mile 4 people were dropping. The hill was hard but I powered up it. I remembered passing a lot of people in that same spot last year.
A lap past the zoo, around the Denver Nature and Science Museum and I was already more than half way…still feeling good! At that point I looked at my watch and realized that I could probably PR if I just kept moving at about the same pace. I didn’t want to get cocky just yet.
Next up was Cheeseman Park. I remembered that last year there was a fairly long incline. Not a problem I was still feeling great. By the time I was half way up that it was time for a walk break and a my last gel. This is apparently right where I missed Josh and Russell who had been waiting there to see me. Once we were out of the park there was only a little over a mile left. Even better it was flat with a slight downhill about a half mile from the finish and I was still on track to PR.
When I saw the shoot to the finish I sped up. I breezed past the 13 mile marker and sprinted. I was proud of myself for having enough energy to speed up. I crossed the finish line and knew I had PRed and it felt good!
Splits courtesy of my Garmin:
Time: 2:05:10 Distance: 13.25 miles Avg. Pace: 9:27 min/mile
So really I hit the 13.1 distance at 2:03:53. Which is awesome and a huge PR. That is nearly 10 minutes faster than I finished this race last year and 2 minutes faster than Moab (which was primarily downhill). But of course that’s not what my chip time was. Not gonna lie I’m kinda bummed I had to take the marathon medal even though I only did the half. Oh well. A medal is a medal.
Chip Time Stats:
Time: 2:05:09 Avg. Pace: 9:32 min/mile
Still a PR, but only by about 50 seconds. Hey I’ll take it! Maybe I shouldn’t train more often. That or this run/walk thing is an excellent idea. I really need to run a sea level race and I definitely be under 2 hours. Hmmm.
I met Josh and Russell back at the car and we met my dad and brother Ted at Toast in Cherry Creek North. I was so hungry I had a really hard time deciding what to eat. I finally settled on the breakfast burrito with a pancake on the side. Definitely satisfied my sweet and salt craving. As we were driving back to Russell’s house to pick up Josh’s stuff we passed by Bonnie Brae Ice Cream. Of course we had to stop for a celebatory cone. Mmmm.
My legs are a bit sore but I think that once I foam roll I’ll be all good. Woohoo for unexpected PRs! As it turns out I may be faster than I give myself credit for. This is motivation to get my act together for my next race.